House Rakoczy, a well known and respected name in the modern living vampire sub-culture, whose members display a bond between each other that is deep, sincere and nothing short of enviable and the House efforts in support of the “community” and their works on a personal level with many members of that “community” are visible almost every day as one travels around the internet haunts of the modern vampire sub-culture.
What is it that makes House Rakoczy so successful? What is it that members of the Household share that makes the House such a stable, solid and reputable entity? Where did House Rakoczy originate and what are the base principles and ethics that govern what some have called, “the model house”?
We at RVL are honoured to be on very good terms with several members from House Rakoczy and presented a request to the House Magister, to conduct this interview/editorial. As a result of that we are very pleased to be able to bring you an inside and “in depth” look at House Rakoczy.
RVL:Good evening Meph, welcome back to RVL and thank you for the privilege of sharing a little more time with you.
M: Greetings in return.
RVL: Would you share with us, firstly, a little history of House Rakoczy, when was it founded, by whom and why did it come about?
M: House Rakoczy was officially founded in 1968 by Janos Rakoczy and his wife. It is from the founder and his wife that the members of The House get their last name within the Community as well as the lore connected to the line of Rakoczy, and the legends attached thereto. Prince Fenerc Rakoczy II of Transylvania is known to history as the Count of St. Germain. An alchemist and supposed immortal, this prince serves as the archetypal foundation and model for the members of House Rakoczy.
RVL: …and how would you describe the philosophy and ethic of The House?
M: The philosophy of House Rakoczy is one that stresses personal empowerment and enlightenment, that must be balanced with tangible, objective results in the mundane world. Being Upyre is a matter of spiritual and blood identity, but we live in the mundane world. We must have jobs, homes, and a stable life similar enough to that of human beings so as not to cause discord. Ethically speaking, we are predators by nature, meaning we take what we need from life, but do so in such a manner that doing do improves life for all. We do not take more than we need, because to do so would jeopardize both the “prey” and the “predator.” Each of us must deal with the results of our actions. One of the principles of House Rakoczy is knowing where the individual stops and all else starts. The distinction shows the individual how much power it has over its experience of reality. It is considered the duty of House Rakoczy by its members to live its ways, to be an example to the Community. We do not seek converts or validation from others.
RVL: Since its inception how would you describe the growth of The House?
M: In the early nights of House Rakoczy, growth was slow, with The House being centered in what was then Hungary around the family of Janos Rakoczy. Since 1993, under my leadership, The House membership has expanded steadily.
RVL: …and how many members do you have at present?
M: House Rakoczy currently has 165 members.
RVL: From a previous article we have had the pleasure of presenting, ‘Alternative Thinking – The spirit be willing‘ (Jan 2013) it would seem that the essence of House Rakoczy lies in ‘Spiritual Vampirism‘, would you agree with this?
M: That is true for some but not all of us. What some see as spiritual, religious, or occult, others may view as archetypal or otherwise psychological. Still others may take the literalist view.
RVL: Your members seem to have, at least publicly, an extremely close bond. How important is the interrelationship between members to the success of The House?
M: We have, in my experience, a unique situation in The House, in that some members are very close to one another and interact on a nightly basis, while other members keep to themselves, interacting only with the head of The House. Our unity is in the cultivation of our individual strengths; if one member falls, The House does not fall. If The House falls, the individual is able to stand and, thus, The House rises. Each of us embodies The House; no two of us are alike.
RVL: …and what, in your mind, have been the highlights in the life of The House since its creation?
M: In 1993, after circumstances required that I take the seat of The House as its head, I and a group of eight others initiated an occult wing of The House named after the great school of magick in eastern Europe in legend known as the Scholomance or school of Solomon. A more recent highlight has been the public works of The House through the Vampires for Freedom of Expression group at Facebook and playing a role in the formation of NOVA or the New Orleans Vampire Association.
RVL: We understand that The Scholomance was fabled to be a legendary school of black magic, run by the Devil, supposedly located near an unnamed lake in the mountains south of the city of Hermannstadt (now called Sibiu in Romanian) in the Transylvanian region of Romania. Does House Rakoczy embody an element of Satanism into its ethic and practices?
M: No, we are in no way satanic. Members of House Rakoczy view the devil in the legend as symbolic of a pre-Christian deity much like the Egyptian god Set.
RVL: …and with respect to the Vampires for Freedom of Expression, how vital a part of the House Rakoczy course is this group proving to be and what benefits is it bringing?
M: While it is not directly a part of the path, being of service when and where we can certainly is, as is promotion of freedom of thought, whether we agree with said thought or disagree with it.
RVL: Are you able to share with us some account of the “role” that House Rakoczy played in the establishment of NOVA?
M: House Rakoczy is one of the founding houses of NOVA. Members of House Rakoczy were instrumental in the formation of the nonprofit and also provided the majority of the text for NOVA’s website.
RVL: Would you consider House Rakoczy to have somewhat of a mystical or metaphysical air?
M: Yes, we make much of symbolism and legendary themes, which are used as mirrors for the members to be able to see themselves and thus explore and refine their understanding of themselves, with knowledge and power being the result.
RVL: When a person is “nominated” for membership to House Rakoczy what qualities do you look for in the nominee?
M: We do not recruit or seek members; they elect to prospect. We seek an open mind, a balanced emotional nature, the ability to be within the Community while maintaining mundane life, and an ability to take the paradigm of The House and make it their own while being true to the paradigm as presented by The House. Any prospect of House Rakoczy must be a law abiding individual, must exercise and thus be aware of their civil rights and civic duties, and know when and when not to display either their Upyre nature or membership in The House.
RVL: What mid to long term plans does The House have for growth at this stage?
M: At this stage in the history of House Rakoczy, we are now seeking to be more public, hence our Facebook work, our House website, www.houseoftwilight.com, and the publication of the Cultus des Loogaroodetailing one of the vampyric types within House Rakoczy. Our next publication, The Testament of Shadows, deals with the Upyre as a race, as House Rakoczy understands it, on a global scale.
RVL:Does House Rakoczy adhere to the literal and historical definitions of “Upyre” or are there facets of a more modern flavour in your definition in the forthcoming publication?
M: To some in House Rakoczy, the term Upyre refers to a literal non-human, sentient race. To others, being Upyre is a matter of archetype. The word Upyre comes from the Turkish word for witch, ubor. The adjustment from ubor to Upyre refers to a kind of witch that has power all of its life and later appears to go into a death-like state or trance, after which it has different needs to sustain its life and more power. The Testament of Shadows is a distillation of the paradigm of House Rakoczy. It is hoped that other houses and individuals will build on what we have chosen to reveal.
RVL: …and when is the book scheduled to be published?
M: This year
RVL: When newcomers approach House Rakoczy for the first time what steps are taken to assess their needs?
M: Typically, would-be prospects are interviewed by at least two members of The House, separately, and are discussed among the members. Ultimately, the head of House Rakoczy is the one that decides whether or not to accept a prospect. House Rakoczy is not a republic like the United States of America or a democracy. House Rakoczy is at best a family with one head, with each member having their say. It is a foolish ruler that does not listen to those that he serves, for make no mistake, to be the head of House Rakoczy is to be of service to all of its members.
RVL: Could you share with us a little about the ‘path’ that needs to be taken to achieve membership in House Rakoczy?
M: Prospecting with House Rakoczy takes no less than six months and usually no more than a year. First, one must gain the status of prospect, then one is given a mentor. Throughout one’s mentorship, one’s case is under review by the mentor and the head. A good example of individual work on the path to membership in House Rakoczy is the defining and cultivation of one’s true self as symbolized by a single animal. This is known in House Rakoczy as the Heart Beast. It is the symbol of one’s Upyre nature, and it is the basis for those meditations used by an indiviual to control and make use of that part of their nature.
RVL: How do you, personally, see modern living vampirism as part of yourself?
M: I personally experience being an Upyre as part of my spiritual and racial identity. In my view, Upyre are not human beings, living or dead, but a separate humanoid species with needs, abilities, and weaknesses that humans do not have. We are not the vampires of legend and even less so the parody that is the vampire of pop culture and media. While my personal beliefs would likely never be accepted by science, in my own case, there are biological factors that bear out the truth of my belief to my own satisfaction.
RVL: Within the structure of The House do you embrace different kinds of vampires? For instance, do you have Sanguinarian members as well as Psi, or Psionic members under the one roof?
M: Within House Rakoczy, blood drinking or sanguinarian Upyre are the majority. We also include sexual feeders, as well as those that feed on other biological products. All biological products, be they blood, sexual, or otherwise, serve as mediums for the external life force known generally as chi in Chinese or prana in Hinduism. House Rakoczy considers purely energic vampyres to possibly be a separate breed or the result of a facility of the aura, while not discounting their existence.
RVL: In the context of the modern VC/OVC does House Rakoczy seek to take an integral place or do you prefer to keep to The House somewhat apart from the everyday “hustle and bustle” of the vampire world?
M: House Rakoczy has, for much of its existence, kept to itself, but we are now doing more in the world directly. We do not seek to be leaders or followers in the Community. If our example inspires others, we hope what we inspire is of benefit to the inspired, nothing more and nothing less.
RVL: Does House Rakoczy follow, or embrace any particular historical concept of vampirism, such as Pierart’s Psychic vampirism Theses , or the teachings of Olcott-Steel and Dion Fortune for example?
M: For the majority of House Rakoczy, as has been stated, being an Upyre is a matter of racial and spiritual identity. based on our readings of the legends and lore of central and eastern Europe which originally stem from the ancient Middle East,
RVL: We are aware that members of House Rakoczy support, and involve themselves, in various charitable works, does The House hold any form of annual event, or meeting? or, do you have plans for this in the future?
M: The House does charitable works where and when we feel our resources would do the most good for both The House and the rest of the persons involved in the charity. When possible, members meet on or around the Feasts that compose the calendar of House Rakoczy. We do not have meetings specifically for charitable events nor do we plan to, at present.
RVL: If there were one message that you, as Magister of House Rakoczy would give to the modern real living vampire community, what would that be?
M: For too long our Community has been defined and divided by pop culture and prevailing media stereotypes as to who and what we are. I invite all of us to go back to the legends and lore, no matter how we view them, that inspire us today. Let us define ourselves and bring that definition, that sense of self, to every aspect of life. Let us reclaim the reality of being predators, in balance with Nature, able to function without being cliches or stereotypes. One blood, one race, one people, with one destiny, this is who we are.
RVL: Magister, it has been a distinct honour and a great privilege to have shared this time with you today. We are most grateful for your participation.
M:It has been my honor and privilege to share my perspectives here. I can only give my interpretation of the paradigm of The House and what it has given me. It is my sincere desire that this interview be of benefit to those that read it, whether they agree or disagree. My sincere thanks.
In the blood,
House Rakoczy stands out in an often divided and embattled landscape, the public bond between its members, the help and comfort that they give to many are representative of their house and indeed stands it in good stead when people talk of the major Houses of the modern living vampire subculture.
The stature of the members of the House, and regard in which they are popularly held in the modern sub-culture, can be seen to be a direct consequence of the basis of their faith and beliefs, as it says in the introduction at the house website (link) “Indeed, we of the Household and the race now have something to offer mankind; our philosophy and art can empower humans as well as those of the Blood.”
Far from being a shadowy representation moving somewhere just beyond the circle of sight, House Rakoczy is a solid, highly respected and dedicated body of people who have come together to celebrate their beliefs about modern living vampirism. As Mephistopheles mentioned; “ We do not seek to be leaders or followers in the Community. If our example inspires others, we hope what we inspire is of benefit to the inspired, nothing more and nothing less.”
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